Colman Domingo

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Colman Domingo
Colman Domingo by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Domingo in 2016
Born (1969-11-28) November 28, 1969 (age 47)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Occupation Actor

Colman Domingo (born November 28, 1969)[1] is an American stage, film and television actor, playwright and director.

Life and career[edit]

Domingo was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and attended Temple University,[2] where he majored in journalism. Soon thereafter he moved to San Francisco, California, where he started acting, mainly in theatre productions.[2]

Domingo starred as Mr. Franklin Jones, Joop, and Mr. Venus, in the critically acclaimed rock musical Passing Strange,[3] which, after a successful 2007 run at The Public Theater, opened on Broadway on February 28, 2008. He received an Obie Award in spring 2008 as part of the ensemble of Passing Strange Off-Broadway and reprised his roles in the film version of Passing Strange,[4] directed by Spike Lee, which made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2009.

Domingo in 2015

In 2010, Domingo's self-penned, one-man autobiographical play A Boy and His Soul premiered Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater, for which he won a GLAAD Award: Outstanding New York Theater: Broadway & Off–Broadway and a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show. He was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award and a Drama League Award.

Domingo starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago, the longest running revival on Broadway,[5] and in the final collaboration by Kander and Ebb of The Scottsboro Boys,[6] directed by Susan Stroman on Broadway in Fall 2010. For the latter role, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical, in May 2011. When the The Scottsboro Boys[7] opened in London in Fall 2013, Domingo was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical in April 2014. He was nominated for the Fred Astaire Award for Best Principal Dancer on Broadway in 2011.

In 2015, Domingo began appearing in a recurring role on AMC's post-apocalyptic, zombie series Fear the Walking Dead, as a character named Victor Strand. In December 2015, it was announced that Domingo was promoted to series regular for Season 2 of the series.[8]

Domingo has taught at the O'Neill National Theater Institute,[9] University of Texas at Austin,[10] University of Wisconsin at Madison.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]



Year Title Role Venue
1997 Blues for an Alabama Sky Guy TheatreWorks [20]
1997 Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon, Theseus San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
1999 Romeo and Juliet Mercutio Shakespeare Santa Cruz [21]
2000 Fences Gabriel TheatreWorks [22]
2000 Taming of the Shrew Lucentio California Shakespeare Theater [23]
2000 Love's Labour's Lost Costard California Shakespeare Theater [23]
2001 Two Gentlemen of Verona Speed Geva Theatre Center [24]
2002 Midsummer Night's Dream Lysander California Shakespeare Theater [23]
2002 Winter's Tale Autolycus California Shakespeare Theater [23]|
2003 Henry V Duke of Bourbon Delacorte Theater [25]|
2004 All's Well That Ends Well Lavatch California Shakespeare Theater [23]
2005 People's Temple Eugene Smith and others Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2006 People's Temple Eugene Smith and others Guthrie Theater
2006 Passing Strange Mr. Franklin/Mr. Venus Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2007 Passing Strange Mr. Franklin/Mr. Venus Joseph Papp Public Theater, Anspacher Theater
2007 Well Jim and others Huntington Theatre [26]
2008 Passing Strange Mr. Franklin/Mr. Venus Broadway, Belasco Theatre
2009 Coming Home Alfred Witbooy Long Wharf Theatre [27]
2009 Wiz, TheThe Wiz WizThe Wiz New York City Center Encores!
2009 A Boy and His Soul Self, also *playwright Vineyard Theatre
2010 Scottsboro Boys, TheThe Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones Vineyard Theatre
2010 Scottsboro Boys, TheThe Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones Guthrie Theater
2010 Scottsboro Boys, TheThe Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones Broadway, Lyceum Theatre
2010, 2011 Chicago Billy Flynn Broadway, Ambassador Theatre
2011 Blood Knot Zachariah Pietersen Signature Theatre
2012 Wild with Happy Gil, also *playwright Joseph Papp Public Theater, LuEsther Hall
2013 Wild with Happy Gil, also *playwright TheatreWorks, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
2013 A Boy and His Soul Self Tricycle Theatre
2013 Scottsboro Boys, TheThe Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones The Young Vic
2014 A Boy and His Soul Self Brisbane Powerhouse
2014 Guys and Dolls Rusty Charlie Carnegie Hall
2014 Nothing Personal James Baldwin Live Ideas Festival at the New York Live Arts
2014 Scottsboro Boys, TheThe Scottsboro Boys Mr. Bones West End theatre, Garrick Theatre
2016 Dot *playwright Vineyard Theatre, Detroit Public Theatre, Everyman Theatre


Year Film Role
1995 Timepiece Khris
1998 Around the Fire Trace
1999 King of the Bingo Game Sonny
1999 True Crime Wally Cartwright
2000 Desi's Looking for a New Girl Mother
2003 Kung Phooey! Roy Lee
2006 Freedomland Male Patient
2008 Miracle at St. Anna West Indian Postal Customer
2012 Lincoln Private Harold Green
2012 Red Hook Summer Blessing Rowe
2013 All Is Bright Nzomo
2013 42 Lawson Bowman
2013 HairBrained Finals Moderator
2013 Butler, TheThe Butler Freddie Fallows
2014 400 Boys Talon
2014 Selma Ralph Abernathy
2015 Time Out of Mind Mr. Oyello
2016 Beautiful Something Drew
2016 The Birth of a Nation Hark Turner
2017 400 Boys Talon


Year Show Role Episode name Notes
1997 Nash Bridges Reggie Harell "Dirty Tricks" 04 episodes total
1999 Nash Bridges Hassam
Desmond Kenner
"Power Play"
"Girl Trouble"
04 episodes total
2000 Nash Bridges Trumpet Player "Skin Trade" 04 episodes total
2004 Law & Order Ronald Gumer "Hands Free" 02 episodes total
2006 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sergeant Ev Sides "To the Bone" 02 episodes total
2006 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Gus "Eros in the Upper Eighties"
2008 Big Gay Sketch Show, TheThe Big Gay Sketch Show 08 episodes; 16 episodes total
2008 Law & Order Donnie "Sweetie" 02 episodes total
2009 Great Performances Mr. Franklin/Mr. Venus/Joop "Passing Strange" musical telecast
2010 Big Gay Sketch Show, TheThe Big Gay Sketch Show 08 episodes; 16 episodes total
2010 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Andre Lanier "Love Sick" 02 episodes total
2015–present Fear the Walking Dead Victor Strand 0Season 1 (Recurring role; 2 episodes)
Season 2-present (Starring; 13 episodes)
2015 The Knick Dr. Russell Daniels 0Season 2 (Recurring role)
2016 Lucifer Father Frank Lawrence "Priest Walks Into a Bar"
2016 Horace and Pete Dr. Evers "Episode 8"
2017 Timeless Bass Reeves "The Murder of Jesse James"


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b Michael Elkin, "Celebrating Success: From 'hood to Hollywood with actor Colman Domingo",, May 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "Passing Strange". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  4. ^ Passing Strange at IMDb.
  5. ^ Andrew Gans, "Domingo Is in Like Flynn in Broadway's Chicago Beginning June 14",, June 14, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Scottsboro Boys". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  7. ^ "The Scottsboro Boys London". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  8. ^ Lesley Goldberg (2015-12-03). "'Fear the Walking Dead' Promotes Colman Domingo to Series Regular for Season 2". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  9. ^ "NTI Semester", The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
  10. ^ "Performance Lecture by Colman Domingo", The University of Texas at Austin.
  11. ^ "'UOWM Schedule". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  12. ^ "Of Note". 1997-09-05. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  13. ^ Brian Scott Lipton (2007-03-16). "Bay Area Critics Circle Award Winners Announced". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  14. ^ "Connecticut Critics Circle". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "Colman Domingo - Lortel Archives". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  16. ^ "Colman Domingo | Tony Awards 2016 Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical Nominee". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  17. ^ [2]
  18. ^ "The full 2014 WhatsOnStage Awards shortlists". 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  19. ^ "Olivier Winners 2014 – Laurence Oliviers 2015". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  20. ^
  21. ^ "Romeo and Juliet (1999, Shakespeare Santa Cruz) :: Shakespeare in Performance :: Internet Shakespeare Editions". 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  22. ^ "Over the fence". 2000-03-17. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  23. ^ a b c d e "California Shakespeare Theater - History". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  24. ^ "Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 31". 2001-02-11. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  25. ^ "Colman Domingo Theatre Credits". 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  26. ^ "Well | Huntington Theatre Company". 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  27. ^ [3]

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